How Can Faith-Based Rehab Cure Addiction?


Recovering From Addiction Takes More Than Just Science

Substance addiction destroys the lives of its victims in more ways than one. Family members and friends become indirect victims as well. They become involved from the moment the user becomes an addict, and up to the time that treatment is underway. But not all who seek help and undergo rehab become victorious in their battle against addiction. They either experience a relapse and return to the treatment, or worse, deteriorate altogether. As sad as it may seem, this is the reality of drug addiction and treatment. Experts and state-of-the-art tools are present to help patients get cured. But in the end, it is up to their will to survive and to change their life that would make them recover.

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Amid several rehab facilities across the world offering standard programs, a few that are supplementing the treatment with something less conventional – faith. Get to know how the so-called faith-based rehab is gaining ground in the world of drug addiction treatment.

What Does Faith-Based Rehab Mean?

As the term indicates, faith-based rehab incorporates faith into the medical and mental rehab program with the aim of strengthening the patient’s recovery efforts.

Standard treatment. In a standard rehab facility, the patient follows a structured program that enables him or her to withdraw from the substance that was used. The facility employs a combination of psychological and medical treatments until the substance is completely removed from their system. Once the body has been detoxified, the psychological aspect of the treatment takes over the process. The patient takes an active role in individual therapy, group therapy, physical activity, and a special diet to complete the program.

Christian treatment. In a faith-based rehab center, the therapist works closely with patients to dig into their relationship with God. The therapist uses Bible readings and teachings with the objective of helping patients reconnect with their beliefs. The approach goes further by getting the patients to realize, accept, and understand why and how they went astray. They help them find the one thing that might fill the emptiness they’ve filled with drug addiction.

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The faith-based treatment likewise brings into the picture the loved ones of patients. By getting them involved under the premise of their having a shared faith, patients are likely to realize the following:

  • The outcome and effects of their substance abuse

  • How they have hurt their loved ones by their substance abuse

  • How they have compromised the teachings of their faith

The therapist uses Bible readings and teachings with the objective of helping patients reconnect with their beliefs.

How Effective Is It?

In Alcoholics Anonymous, participants are asked to heed their ‘higher power’ to help them in their recovery. For most AAs, they turn to God or the highest being to work through their addiction. In much the same way, faith-based rehab centers approach the treatment with these goals:

  • Cure the body through medical treatment

  • Treat the brain through counseling

  • Heal the spirit through a deeper connection with God

Studies have revealed that patients who have a personal relationship with a higher power were bound to respond better to this type of rehab than those who do not have one. Such patients were also observed to have more effective coping mechanisms and an overall successful recovery process in a faith-based rehab center.

“Pray, and let God worry.” – Martin Luther

How About Other Patients?

FaithSome faith-based treatment centers declare that while secular patients may not embrace any religion, they can find the faith-based rehab principles helpful. These principals may help draw guidance toward their spirituality. It has also been found that secular patients are able to use the faith-based approach to better understand themselves. It also helps them revive their sense of self-worth.

The effectiveness of the faith-based approach in drug rehabilitation may be a subject of debate. Then again, there is no one sure way to guarantee the success of someone’s recovery. The complete healing process takes more than medical, psychological, and spiritual interventions to happen. It is the combined work of the therapists, the patient, and family members or loved ones. For those who have a spiritual life, perhaps the road to recovery is made even straighter and easier with the help of someone above.

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